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Rather than only calling on our politicians to make all the moves, we, ourselves, need to make a few as well. How?

DonÕt buy that new SUV that guzzles foreign oil which, potentially, is pillaged from Africa. Modify your financial investment portfolio so it does not include companies taking advantage of poor working conditions, raping foreign natural resources, and supporting corrupt military regimes. Take a month off of work, go to Tanzania, and build a house with Habitat for Humanity. If thatÕs not feasible for you, volunteer with a local organization.

Use your time, not just your money.

Look at Africa not as a financial burden for developed nations but as a stage for human compassion and action.

Joel Gook



Local appreciation

Toques off to Whistler-Blackcomb for Local's Appreciation Day this last Sunday!

We had a young guest up from the Lower Mainland and before Sunday she couldn't have imagined all that can be done at a ski resort in the summer. Can't list all the activities we did but what's best is that our visitor thinks we are Sooooo generous for footing the bill.

She doesn't need to know that Intrawest was actually treating her (and us). But we know. So thanks for thinking of us locals and for the Day Out On W/B.

Dave Harkley, Marianne Corak



Fresh perspective appreciated

Kudos to Pique (Fresh takes on farming food, June 16, 2005) for Cindy Filipenko's excellent story about farming in the Pemberton Valley. I have been fortunate to visit Helmers' and Millers' farms twice this spring, for the purpose of learning not only about their organic farming practices but also their important environmental stewardship practices.

Both farms are now recognized TLC Conservation Partners, a province-wide program of The Land Conservancy of B.C. designed to provide support and recognition for farmers and ranchers who voluntarily contribute to conservation of biodiversity and natural habitat.

When consumers see the ÒbutterflyÓ label on products at Farmers' Markets, in grocery stores, in Harvest boxes, and on signs at farmersÕ gates, they know that these products are grown in British Columbia by local farmers who are committed to growing healthy food and protecting wildlife habitat.